World Bulletin / News Desk
The mother of Asma Beltagy, the 17-year-old daughter of a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader who lost her life during anti-coup protests after President Mohamed Morsi was ousted last summer, has thanked Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his support.
Asma was killed when a bullet shot by coup mastermind Abdal-Fattah al-Sisi's army hit her while she was protesting against the ousting of Egypt's first elected leader Mohamed Morsi just one year after he took power. She was among hundreds of other protesters killed during the Rabia al-Adawiyya Square massacre on August 14.
Her father, Mohamed Beltagy, was in prison at the time of her death, from which he wrote a touching letter to his deceased daughter which was translated into many languages and brought the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to tears on live TV.
On Sunday, Asma's mother told Turkish TV, "Asma is a martyr. They killed her. It is not important which police officer killed her. We know that the coup that stole our freedom killed her. The coup that deteriorated the situation compared to toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak's era killed her."
"We will continue our struggle and never give up," she said, adding "I am grateful to Erdogan for introducing my daughter to the world, for sharing our pain and for siding with us against the perpetrators of the coup."Last Mod: 18 Mart 2014, 14:30